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    Swedes Up In Arms As Govt Mulls Potential Ban On Ancient Nazi Runes

    The Swedish government is looking into the possibility of forbidding the use of Norse runes, local media has reported, amid concerns that the ancient symbols have been misappropriated by neo-Nazi groups.
    Justice Minister Morgan Johansson is currently investigating whether or not runes should be banned in Sweden as a way to deter hate groups, a Swedish website Samhllsnytt reported. His is expected to make a recommendation on the matter by the end of May.

    If Johannsson decides to move forward with legislation prohibiting the runes, the ban could potentially encompass all Norse symbols, imagery, and traditional jewelry.

    The proposal has enraged many Swedes, who see Norse runes as part of their shared history. For those who identify as pagan or heathen, the potential ban has been interpreted as an assault on freedom of religion, which is guaranteed under the Swedish Constitution. The Nordic Asa-Community, the largest heathen religious group in Sweden, has spoken out against any government efforts to police Swedens ancient heritage, arguing that prejudices and misunderstandings are best cured with knowledge and facts.

    The religious organization has warned that banning Norse runes in Sweden would wipe out a part of own history, culture and beliefs and our freedom of expression.

    Former parliamentarian and member of the right-wing Swedish Democrats, Jeff Ahl, expressed similar contempt at the idea of such a ban.

    Our government advocates multi-culturalism, but we must not have our own culture. What the government is doing now is trying to censor our own cultural heritage and blur our roots. Fifth column, he tweeted.

    Dozens of other Swedes flooded social media with comments expressing disbelief and contempt. One Twitter user even noted that she had several rune tattoos, and jokingly wondered if the government would pay for laser surgery to remove the images from her body.

    A petition against the potential ban started by the Nordic Asa-Community had more than 11,000 signatures on Wednesday. The group is also holding a rally in Stockholms historic center on May 24.

    While Nazi Germany and contemporary neo-Nazi groups have used Norse symbols for their flags and regalia, today runes are most commonly found on any modern phone or computer: The logo for Bluetooth, named after Harald Bluetooth, a Danish Viking age ruler, combines the runic equivalent of the letters H and B.
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    This is ridiculous and hopefully such offensive disregard for one's own heritage will be easily defeated.


    Additionally, there are countless sentences, paragraphs, opinions and books written in English which I disagree with. Am I supposed to support the idea of banning the English language because a certain number of things expressed using it are disagreeable to me?

    This should be seen as the stupidity that it is ... unfortunately everyone has been beaten over the head by a giant psy-op for decades so I'm not surprised this kind of inanity is put forward by the upholders of obsessive political correctness. Maybe the backlash from this will crumble yet a bit more of the imposed guilt which has chained people for too long.


    (as usual, the comments below the article are more entertaining than the article)

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    This is initiative is purely because of the Nordic Resistance Movement, which has a Tyr rune as their logo. The Swedish establishment has been looking for ways to ban their logo, but seeing as the rune is basically identical to an arrow pointing upwards, they've been having some trouble. A Sweden with a total ban on all arrows would be pretty funny, though.
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    This is the lunatic that is proposing this

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Morgan_Johansson





    The classic and old SD. They are so predictable at this point.

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